I have been moved to write on the controversy surrounding Camerhogne Park. I had understood that this area had been given to the people of Grenada by a previous administration. I believe it is generally understood that a gift, once handed over, cannot be reclaimed.
I understand Prime Minister Mitchell’s desire to swell his government’s coffers but it is evident from the story in your newspaper of 22nd April, concerning the sale of the Hamilton Home by the previous P.M. that Dr. Mitchell is being hypocritical and exercising double-standards.
Ray Roberts’s assessment of the alternative sites offered in lieu of Camerhogne Park is one hundred percent correct: they are simply totally unsuitable for the reasons he has given.
Perhaps I have missed it, but I’ve not heard anyone ask the question: “Does Grenada, and Grand Anse in particular, NEED another hotel?” Has anyone conducted an official enquiry into at what capacity the existing hotels are operating, taken as average rooms filled over any normal 12-month period?
There is already a hotel development, Silver Sands, under construction in Grand Anse and I have been given to understand that most of the hotels struggle to achieve an economically viable number of reservations during many months. I stand to be corrected if this is not the case.
Another aspect of more hotels is the impact on the environment. There are currently fears of water shortages as the river levels have been falling quite alarmingly, it seems, over the past decade or so. More visitors produce more waste – solid and sewage and one can only guess what happens to that which is produced near the sea!
I understand that yachts, etc. visiting Grenada’s marinas, are told to go out to sea to discharge their untreated waste. This has to impact on marine life. Have you ever stopped to wonder what the fish you’re eating has eaten?
It’s all very well putting up new buildings but the construction methods and materials used leave much to be desired and the buildings put up today are unlikely to last for more than a century as they do in other countries.
Grenada is a small island. What will happen when all those buildings recently constructed and under construction currently, have to be demolished? What will happen to the waste?
Okay, it may not concern you directly, but think of your children and grandchildren and the problems they are likely to face as a result of decisions taken today.
Mrs. S. M. Alexander